Saul says one other tip is to realize that IT operations must be reliable in a church because most of the stress on servers—and the greatest need for reliability—often occurs on the weekend as a pastor preps a sermon or the staff starts photocopying literature for Sunday, and the IT volunteers are nowhere to be found. Budgeting for maintenance, reliability, and a high "uptime" helps ensure that IT never gets in the way of ministry.
In the end, that's the ultimate goal: to make IT seamless and smooth. Budgets can help make sure IT gets its due, but they also help make sure the ministry does not overemphasize technology.
John Brandon is a freelance writer based near Minneapolis. He also writes for Inc magazine and Fox News.
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